Medical Laboratory Scientist, Specialist

North Carolina, United States
09 Feb 2019
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09 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Occupational Summary:

Lead, coordinate, and perform a variety of highly complex tasks involving cytogenetic analysis of human biological material. The specialist will perform bench-work of highest complexity, develop and validate new tests, perform in depth quality assurance and continuous quality improvement procedures, deliver technical guidance and instruction, assist with competency evaluations of other staff members, work with the laboratory supervisor to maintain compliance with regulatory standards, and provide preliminary interpretation and written reports. Staff at this level must have at least seven years experience in a specialty laboratory. ASCP Certification in Cytogenetics is required at this level. This is a Monday through Friday position with Saturday/Sunday rotation.
A Medical Laboratory Scientist Specialist is expected to perform independently, with minimal supervision in most areas of the laboratory and have the ability to make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of their responsibilities.

  • Prepare complex cytogenetics reports including methodologies, objective findings, interpretation and correct ISCN nomenclature.
  • Provide advanced problem solving, troubleshooting, interpretation and consultation, verification of specimen quality and test results. Communicate problems/issues to responsible individuals.
  • Interact with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, to answer questions within scope of personal competence and convey preliminary results.
  • Lead, coordinate, and/or perform in the development and validation of clinical assays to include performance, analysis, and written documentation of findings. Maintain appropriate documentation of initial and ongoing validations in compliance with internal and external regulatory agencies.
  • Make recommendations for new equipment. Set up, evaluate, and operate new equipment required for specific laboratory tests and assume adequate responsibility to maintain operations, including validation of instrumentation, standard operating procedures, and schedule for preventative maintenance.
  • Develop and oversee quality control and quality assurance procedures and programs to ensure compliance with internal and external regulations. Recognize, respond to, and report issues as needed. 
  • Coordinate and participate in lab inspections; work with inspectors. Interpret accrediting agencies' standards or guidelines and translate requirements into departmental operation policies and procedures. Evaluate section readiness and adherence to standards. Implement corrective action as soon as any deficiency is identified. Bring any non-compliance issues to the attention of management.
  • Collaborate with management team to initiate projects and develop action plans to improve unit performance through a Process Improvement (PI) project.
  • Maintain turnaround time and other key indicators. Make recommendations for plans to improve unit performance through a process improvement project.
  • Provide technical guidance, mentoring and instruction to students, interns, residents, staff and other employees, including at least two continuing education (CE) presentations.
  • Ensure cooperation and effective communication amongst staff regarding workflow.
  • Manage and ensure the timely processing of patient samples or perform processing as needed based on staffing levels using appropriate identification techniques and written procedures to ensure quality material for testing.
  • Harvest cultures and prepare and stain slides.
  • Analyze cytogenetic preparations at the microscope. Advanced skill and theoretical knowledge in bone marrow microscopy and analysis is preferred.
  • Prepare karyograms  and review using the Applied Spectral Imaging System.
  • Coordinate, oversee and participate in proficiency testing.
  • Attend staff meetings, continuing education, safety and compliance training. Remain current on standard operating procedures by reviewing and signing the laboratory manual annually.
  • Follow departmental and DUHS policies and procedures such as attendance and time reporting policies.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. Cover emergency and non-emergency out of hours work as required.

Location Durham


Job Family Level E3

Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary Regular

Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

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BS degree in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences,Biological Science or related field is required. Generalist/Specialty certification required for specialty labs.


Seven years (including one year at Duke) with generalist/specialty certification in a specialty laboratory.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Generalist/Specialty Certification by a nationally recognized board/agency (required). Certification will vary depending on laboratory. Advanced degree (MS or higher) accepted in lieu of certification.